Believe it or not, spring is only weeks away – which means that soon it will be time to give your home plumbing equipment the once-over for the season.
Here’s a checklist to get you started on plumbing projects to tackle as we head into spring 2020:
Spring Plumbing To-dos:
- Check for toilet leaks — Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; if you have a leak, you’ll see the color in the bowl within an hour.
- Check for faucet leaks – Turn all house faucets on and off and look for drips there, too.
- Install drain strainers – A simple $10 drain strainer could help prevent a costly repair down the road by keeping hair, soap build-up, and other items out of your pipes.
- Check flush handles – If you have to jiggle your toilet handle or hold it down for a few seconds to get a full flush, you should replace the handle.
- Check little-used drains – Pour a gallon of water into any drain you don’t use regularly; if it backs up or drains slowly, it should probably be snaked.
- Look for obvious water damage – Check under sinks and near drains for staining or dampness, which could lead to mold formation and other problems.
- Inspect your sump pump – Pour water in your sump pit and make sure it moves out at a reasonable rate. If the pump does not start up at all, try resetting the circuit breaker. If that doesn’t work, contact us.
- Check outdoor connections – Once we’re passed the freezing days and nights here in eastern Long Island, turn your outdoor water supply back on for the season – then check your outdoor faucets, hoses, and sprinklers to make sure they are working properly.
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